Fall is not quite in the air around here, seeing that temperatures are still close to 90°. But I’m getting the itch to decorate, so I’m sharing a previous decoration and telling you how to make mum pumpkins. I also included a few tips to prolong the life of your pumpkins.
This decoration was used at our front entrance. The pumpkins could possibly be used, as long as they last, to decorate your house throughout the fall season, including Halloween and Thanksgiving.
How to Make Mum Pumpkins
- Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin that is the same diameter as the mum’s pot. (Mine didn’t actually fit all the way down into the hole.)
- Leave the mum in its pot and insert into the hole of the pumpkin.
- If the pot fits all the way down into the pumpkin, you can leave it like it is. I wrapped raffia around the part of the pot that was showing to finish off the look. You can also use wired ribbon and tie a bow.
- Repeat the steps for as many as you want to make.
When your plant needs water, remove the pot from the pumpkin before watering. This will help your pumpkin last longer.
Some other ways to prolong the life of your pumpkins can include modge podge and petroleum jelly. Someone gave me a bunch of pumpkins last year before Thanksgiving that she covered in modge podge. She had already had them out for the fall season, and then they lasted a long time for me, too. These were pumpkins that were not carved. She said she used a paint sponge to apply the modge podge over the entire outside of the pumpkins.
I also tried lining the inside of our pumpkins we did carve with petroleum jelly after reading that this would help. They lasted a little bit longer than normal, so it might be worth a try.
Have you started decorating for the fall season? What decorations are you using?